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Regional semifinal: Mansfield Summit 50, Frisco Liberty 27

Mansfield Summit’s defense held Frisco Liberty for a 50-27 victory in the Class 5A Region II girls basketball semifinals on Friday in Garland, Texas.

Summit had a 12-point run late with Tommisha Lampkin scoring nine of those points.

Summit led, 38-21, after three quarters. Liberty trailed at halftime, 26-13, after Summit went on a 17-point run.

Summit had a 10-point run in the first quarter, which ended with Liberty behind, 12-4.

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Girls Soccer: Frisco Lone Star shuts out Newman Smith, 3-0

GIRLS SOCCER: Madison McBurnett scored twice and Vivi Ramirez added a goal in Frisco Lone Star’s 3-0 win over Carrollton Newman Smith on Friday.

Frisco Liberty outscored A+ Academy, 9-0, as Ally White, Avery Young and Katie Stoker each scored twice. Sydney Andros, Kassidi Brown and Mary Kate Presley each added a goal.

More scores reported:

Coppell 3, Denton 1

Highland Park 1, Allen 0

Wylie 1, Naaman Forest 0

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Girls basketball: Allen, Plano, Plano East win by slim margins; Owens scores 36 points for Plano West

Allen edged Plano West, 59-56, as Sydney Hardeman scored 19 points  and Klaire Bentley scored 11. Plano West’s Jaden Owens scored 36 of her team’s 56 points. Morgan Smith had eight on Friday.

Plano’s Jordyn Merritt scored 20 and Emma Halverson had 12 in a 55-53 win over McKinney. Quincy Noble pumped in 22 points for McKinney with Kayla Mautry adding 10 and JaMiya Braxton nine.

Plano East held off Denton Guyer, 56-52, behind 19 points from Tavy Diggs and 16 from Kendall Parker.

Wylie beat McKinney Boyd, 63-44, as Madi Miller scored 20 points. Lauren Brown had 16. Brynee Scott had 17 for Boyd. Symmone James added 13.

Frisco Reedy defeated Wakeland, 55-40, as Christina Mason scored 14 points. Jadyn Bauss had 13 and Mary Rose Foster 12. Kyra Kelley scored 11 for Wakeland.

Frisco Liberty, led by 13 points from Katelyn Burtch, 11 from Randi Thompson and 10 from Kelsey Kurak beat Centennial, 50-16.

Frisco Independence topped Heritage, 54-43, in overtime. Independence had a 13-2 run in overtime. Shelby Dugas scored 23 for Independence, and Ashley Batac scored 15 and Trinity Garcia had 14 for Heritage.

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Collin County TX Thursday Night Texas High School Football Scores

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CLASS 6A TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCORES

Abilene 31, Odessa 21

Garland Naaman Forest 28, Sherman 6

Keller Fossil Ridge 36, Rowlett 22

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Denton Ryan 28, Frisco Lone Star 21

Frisco Heritage 65, Denison 57

Frisco Liberty 55, South Garland 20

Mansfield Timberview 49, Red Oak 0

Mesquite Poteet 49, Forney 35

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Wilmer-Hutchins 35, Dallas Hillcrest 0

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Frisco honored as one of Best Communities for Music Education

Frisco Independent School District has been honored as one of the Best Communities for Music Education in the United States in 2016 for its outstanding commitment to music education.

Frisco ISD joins 476 districts from across the country in receiving this prestigious award from NAMM Foundation, a national non-profit foundation. FISD was also a winner in 2013.

The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

Districts that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, FISD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“This honor is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our talented teachers who put in long hours coaching students and building our outstanding music programs,” said Frisco ISD Fine Arts Director Richard Oldham. “Thanks to the support of parents, administrators, School Board members and the community, our students have multiple opportunities to participate and excel at the highest levels.”

Frisco ISD offers band, orchestra and choir at all middle and high school campuses. Some schools are also home to guitar and harp programs. Additional fine arts programs include art, cheerleading, dance, drill team and theatre.

Frisco ISD music programs and students consistently earn top state and national honors. Among them:

Forty-six students were selected for one of 15 All-State band, orchestra and choir ensembles in 2016, the highest honor a music student can receive in Texas.

Marching bands from Wakeland and Centennial high schools advanced to the finals in the Texas State Marching Band Contest in 2015, placing fifth and ninth, respectively.
Band and orchestra students from six Frisco ISD schools were lauded for their performances through the 2015 Foundation for Music Education Mark of Excellence competition.

The Liberty High School Symphony Orchestra was selected to perform at The Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in 2015. The clinic is one of the largest conventions for music education.

The Fowler Middle School Percussion Ensemble was the only middle school percussion ensemble in the country chosen to participate in the 2015 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), an expo which draws thousands of drummers, percussionists and exhibitors from around the world.

Studies continue to show a strong connection between music and academic success, particularly in reading, math and learning in group settings, making it an important part of a well-rounded program that meets the needs of the whole child.

Frisco ISD students putting others first

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Frisco ISD: The weather outside may get frightful at times, but in Frisco ISD, the warm hearts of volunteers help keep winter’s chill away for students in need.

Supporters of the annual Small World Angel Program work hard to ensure that more than 1,200 angels will receive much-needed items ranging from socks to jackets, as well as perhaps a toy or bike, this year.

The District meets the needs of these angels by working with long-time partner, With Love It’s a Small World, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income students throughout the year and supporting students with college scholarships. The Angel Program targets students below the age of 15.

During the fall, campus counselors and FISD staff work to identify qualified families for the Angel Program. Proof of income and information about the family’s needs are verified. Then lists of angels and their needs and wishes are sent to campuses so that students and teachers may adopt an angel. Faithful volunteers commit two and a half weeks in December to sort and organize the items at the distribution center. They say they come back year after year because they love the program and they love the angels.

“We couldn’t do it without the volunteers and the counselors,” said Randi Baker, event specialist for Frisco ISD and the District’s liaison with Small World.

School counselors identify students in need, but they also educate about compassion and empathy, as well as the importance of generosity and giving back to the community.

One of those counselors, Tiffany Ragland of Purefoy Elementary, directed enthusiastic fifth grade volunteers as they helped load class donations for more than 50 angels onto a truck on a recent cold, windy morning. She gathered them together after they had loaded bags and bikes on the truck to thank them for their help, but also to tell them she expects them to continue to support helping others when they are at Griffin Middle School next year.

“Don’t forget about this,” she told them.

A miniature “North Pole” is set up within an FISD facility each year where the volunteers gather to “check their lists twice” and make sure each angel receives some of the items on their list – if not all. Small World volunteers stock the center with beverages and snacks to keep the volunteers going and the entire process is completed in a matter of weeks. Longtime partner Southwest Freight Trucking Company donates the trucks and drivers for two days to pick up donations from the campuses. The company also provides seven empty trailers for three weeks for bike storage. The final part of the process involves distribution. Parents are invited to come to the facility to pick up their family’s items on specific days. This year’s pick-up dates are Dec. 16 and 17.

The Angel Program is truly a community and District effort, Baker said, noting that no one group makes the program happen – it takes many contacts and an army of FISD staff, students, parents and volunteers to reach students who may not have basic clothing needs met or who may need a bike to get to school on time.

“Clothe-A-Child is donating $6,550 worth of Kohl’s cash to Small World for us to spend on angel gifts this year,” Baker said. “They did this last year as well and it is a tremendous help in that we can buy the items that we never get enough of, especially for our teenagers. It will also allow us to buy items for students who are older than the cutoff age of 15 but are classified as homeless. We don’t adopt these students out to sponsors but will take care of them with extra donations.”

Small World also has a relationship with several other businesses and organizations that put up a tree to collect donations, Baker said. Those partners include:

  • YMCA (Plano and Frisco locations)
  • Stonebriar Country Club Ladies Golf Club
  • RBC Dain Rauscher
  • Fidelity Investment Services
  • North Central Ford

In addition to the annual Angel Program, individual campuses, classes and campus organizations practice generosity and benevolence for a wide variety of causes. Giving at FISD is a year-round event, but the holidays seem to inspire many great ideas. Just a few include:

Third and fifth grade students at Sparks Elementary recently donated blankets to Prairie Estates, a senior living facility. It was part of the school’s character education curriculum which focuses on being a superhero. Every superhero understands service to others.

Sonntag Elementary students conducted a toy drive entitled Luke’s Toys for Joy. The students collected toys at the instigation of their classmate, who has been in treatment at Scottish Rite for Children since he was a baby. He wanted to give back to the hospital that has done so much for him and invited his school to join him. A huge collection of toys filled the Sonntag stage at the end of the toy drive.

At Liberty High School, students inspired by a classroom lesson on giving brought in more than $1,700 worth of gift cards to assist with the Angel Program and more than $2,000 to provide 40 “welcome totes” for new residents at The Samaritan Inn in McKinney. Students also donated pillows, blankets, sheets and toiletry items to complete another 27 totes.

Riddle Elementary decided to raise funds and donate bikes for the Angel Program this year, instead of adopting specific angels. The school-wide program collected more than 50 bikes and helmets.

Giving on a big scale can be a difficult concept for young students. Lauren Harvey, kindergarten teacher at Riddle, incorporated the concept into her curriculum with great results.

“During our Monday morning OLWEUS class meeting, we read Duck On a Bike by David Shannon, making lots of great text-to-self connections,” Harvey explained. “After we completed the story, we talked about some children in our community who may not have a bike now and may never, ever have the opportunity to have or ride a bike. We brainstormed ideas of how we could help, as Mrs. Harvey’s Lovebugs are always helpers. We decided to ask for ‘Bucks for Bikes,’ telling the students they may simply bring in one dollar or coins to help fund a bike that we could donate as a class.”

Harvey’s class put their donations in a donation jar so they could see their results and collected enough money to purchase two bikes.

“I think it helped break-down this huge (yet very important!) idea/project for my kindergarteners, giving them some understanding and a way to actively participate and feel good about doing so,” Harvey wrote.

All this giving will continue even after the holidays. Throughout FISD, someone is always recycling, holding a change or food drive, donating coats and shoes, all in an effort to give back to the community and the world.

It is the hope of FISD faculty and staff that each person involved in the Angel Program will learn a lesson of compassion and giving that lasts a lifetime. – Frisco ISD

 

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